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|CID=CID2534488 |title=California, County Marriages, 1843-1918|location=|scheduled=California
| LOC_01 = California
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| record_type =Marriage Records| start_year =1843
| end_year = 1918
| FS_URL_01 = [[GuidedResearch:California|California Guided Research]]| FS_URL_02 = [[California_Research_Tips_and_Strategies#California_Record_Finder|California Record Finder]]| FS_URL_03 = [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]| FS_URL_04 = Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|1850-1905]] {{!}} [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|1905-Present]]| FS_URL_05 =[[California, United States Genealogy |California]] | FS_URL_02 FS_URL_06 =[[California Vital Records]] | FS_URL_03 FS_URL_07 =[[California County Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] | FS_URL_04 FS_URL_08 =[[California Marriage Index (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] | FS_URL_05 FS_URL_09 =[[California Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] | FS_URL_06 = | FS_URL_07 = | FS_URL_08 = | FS_URL_09 =
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| FS_URL_11 =| FS_URL_12 =| FS_URL_13 =| FS_URL_14 =| FS_URL_15 =| RW_URL_01 =[ Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free. | RW_URL_02 =[ California Marriage Records]
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| RW_URL_04 =
| RW_URL_05 = | RW_URL_06 = | RW_URL_07 = | RW_URL_08 = | RW_URL_09 = | RW_URL_10 = | custodian = California State Archives, Sacramento and Napa Valley Genealogical Society, California
== What is in the This Collection? == This collection is an index to selected marriage records in California for the years from 1843-1918. Most of the entries are for Napa County. Due to privacy restrictions, the images associated with these indexes are unavailable at this time.   == Collection Content == ===Sample Images=== Click on images for a larger view.<gallery>Image:</gallery>  === Coverage Map === To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county marriage records, click [ here].
== What Can this Collection Tell Me? = Image Visibility ==='''Marriage records''' may contain the following information for both bride and groom: {{Image Visibility}}
== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==The following information may be found in these records:{{col-begin|width=auto}}{{col-break}}'''Marriage'''*Name The name of the bride and groom
*Birth year
*Parents’ names
*Marriage date
*Marriage place {{col-break}}
*Marital status
*File number
*Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
== How Do I Search the Collection? Content ===== Coverage Map ===
To begin your search it is helpful to know at least one see a coverage map of the following:  *The name FamilySearch's holdings of the bride or groom *The approximate California county marriage date*The location where the event took place*The approximate age of the bride or groom*The name of a parent or reletive Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor. When searching keep in mind:*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name. *You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name. *Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their lifeclick [http://user. *If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate namesxmission. *Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scannedcom/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRMFor more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]html here]. '''Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br>
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
*The name of the bride or groom
*The approximate date of marriage
*The place where the marriage took place
=== Search the Index ===
{{Search Collection Link
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
== What Do I Do Next? ==
If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the [ California Archives].
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, or death
*Use the information found in the record to find family members in census records
*Search for other family members in the marriage index
=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [ nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names
=== Research Helps ===
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[California, United States Genealogy|California]].
* [[GuidedResearch:California|California Guided Research]]
* [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
* Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|1850-1905]] | [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|1905-Present]]
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.  === I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? =Citing This Collection == *Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year, which will Citations help you find their other records. *Use the information in each record to find additional family members. *Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations keep track of the family.   === I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? === *Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name. *Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help places you have searched and sources you identify possible relations that can be verified by recordshave found. *If you cannot locate Identifying your ancestor in sources helps others find the locality in which records you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. *Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. *Remember that sometimes individuals went by [ nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [ these names] as well.  {{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|California, Marriage Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[California Archives and Libraries]]used. }}
== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
== Citing this Collection ==
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, County Marriages, 1843-1918." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. : accessed 2016. Citing archives and societies, California.}}<br><br>
'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
|title=California, County Marriages, 1843-1918
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